September 10, 2010

Highest Praise: Who Gets Yours?

Posted in Christian Living, Christianity, Keys To The Kingdom tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:00 am by Lisa Ritchey

We go to Church and the choir sings a few songs while the congregation sits there and listens.  There may even be some “Special Music” sung.  And the congregation sits there.    I know that many people were brought up believing that when we enter the Sanctuary, we are to be “reverent”, and quiet.  This is so totally un-Scriptural.  And just wrong.  Here is why:

Let’s imagine that UT (GO VOLS!) (Or you can substitute your favorite team here) is playing Alabama (substitute your favorite team’s arch rival for Alabama).  There are only four seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter and we are down by two points, but we have the ball.  we call in the kicking team and go for a field goal.  It is good and we win by one point.  What is your reaction to that?  How do you act?  I go ballistic; jumping, shouting, twirling, whooping, hollering.  Don’t you?  The original Hebrew of the Bible calls this Halel: our highest praise. [1]      

Chances are great that none of us will ever even meet any of those players.  All that they did was to give us an afternoon’s entertainment and possibly even a championship.  None of them love you.  Not one of them is ever likely to give you anything, especially Salvation.  And, most certainly, none of them is ever likely to be willing to die for you.   

The Bible says that when the believers gather to praise Jesus, that the door posts should shake.[2]  We can look and see who does get our highest praise, but we must realize who should , and look at why He doesn’t.         
“Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.” (Mark 7:13)   
To sit quietly in church is very unscriptural.  Just read Psalms 149 and Psalms 150!      
If we give those football players that much praise, we can, and should, give Jesus even more, especially in Sanctuary, the gathering of the Saints.   He is worthy!  

[1]Strong’s Hebrew dictionary entry #1984- to shine; hence to make a show; to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively to celebrate;

[2] “And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. (Isaiah 6:4.)  This is what happens when the Seraphim (a type of angel) praise around the Throne of God. Jesus said, “thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” (Luke 11:2), so how much more should we praise than the Seraphim, which Jesus did not die for!      

NOTE* Hallelujah means Praise (Halel) to Jah (God).       

©Copyright 2010 Lisa Ritchey and Bare Bones Gospel


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